The war for providing the most affordable and reliable commute just got hotter. For long, radio cabs and regular taxis have ruled the roost in Mumbai. Rickshaws have always been there too, but they either refuse to ply to certain areas or charge a bomb when they do, courtesy ‘fast’ meters. Even though taxis have the same problem, people usually end up hailing a radio cab / taxi rather than an auto, though the former costs more.
Close on the heels of radio cabs, it is the turn of the humble auto rickshaw to turn hi-tech now. Here is AyAuto, a Dial-an-Auto service in Pune that hopes to capitalise on people’s desire to have a mode of conveyance on demand, and one which is not so heavy on the pocket too.
Will call taxis like Wings Radio Cabs dent the auto rickshaw network in Pune?
This is the question that pops into my mind each time I visit cities like Bangalore, Chennai etc. Over there, call taxis are a way of life, especially due to the convenience of the taxis and high handedness + rude behaviour of the auto drivers.
We were to board an early morning Kingfisher flight to Bangalore yesterday, and I decided to try out Wings Radio Cabs. I’d seen the number displayed on a cab and stored it in my phone. I called them a couple of days before and gave details about the reporting time and address, both for the onward and return commute from the airport. This is a 24X7 service, and you can call them on 4010 0100. Check out their website as well.